Mar 23, 2013
Nov 15, 2012
Knoweth Whether Thou Art Called to the Kingdom at Such a Time as
What is a mission like?
- It is hard! Physically, mentally, and emotionally. You won't understand this fully until you are out on your mission.
- None of your time is yours, it all belongs to the Lord.
- The greatest 18 months of your life.
- A great preparation for life and marriage
How do I know if I should serve a mission?
What should I specifically do to prepare?
- Go and do as Enos did and pour out your whole soul unto him with all sincerity of heart truly desiring to know.
- Make Preach my Gospel part of your daily study
- Be familiar with where scripture stories are
- Memorize scriptures: scripture masteries, and scriptures that mean something to you personally
Oct 2, 2012
- The temple is not for looks…it is has a holy purpose! The official vision of the YW program is to lead the YW to the temple
- We need to teach our youth about the temple. They need to understand more about the temple then just temple marriage, although that is the greatest blessing. There are other ordinances that prepare and qualify them (Initiatory and the endowment) As they come to the temple to be married, they need to be prepared to make and keep sacred covenants throughout their whole lives.
- Virtue was added because the key to entering the temple is to be worthy
- Personal Progress is a temple preparation coarse
- …The Lord doesn’t want people who have just “Been” to the temple, but he wants people who “GO” to the temple!
- The First Presidency has said: “We want the young people of the Church to be valiant and righteous servants of God, dedicated to living each day so they can go to the temple and receive God’s greatest blessings for them.
- Sister Beck explains: “The way to prepare to make temple covenants is to remember and keep the commitments you’ve already made. Personal Progress is a temple preparation course.”
- Picture of the temple that is sent around Face Book with the quote: "If this isn't your castle, then you're not my prince!" The intent of this is good, in that the YW won't settle for anything less than a temple marriage, BUT this is very misleading to YW who are pretty unfamiliar with the temple. The YW need to know and understand that a temple is NOT a castle! It is SOOOO much more!!! It is not just about accomplishing the goal to get married in the temple, but it is about being ready to be there and knowing they are making sacred and holy covenants for their whole lives.
COME UNTO CHRIST:
Principles to teach:
- Personal Progress is about personal conversion, by coming unto Christ
- This isn’t about adding or fitting in another section into their lives. The Personal Progress program gives meaning and purpose to all they do.
- Personal Progress is not fluff or entertainment. The youth do not need us to sneak up on them with the gospel. They don't need it sugar coated. They are youth of the last days...they can take it undiluted!
- The doctrines of the gospel are explained in the most inspired way to engage the youth, apply it to their everyday lives, and bring them to Christ.
- The Personal Progress program will get the young women IN the scriptures as they study by topic. This may help some of our youth who struggle to read their scriptures straight through.
Example FAITH experience #1: The first principle of the gospel is faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Learn about faith from the scriptures and living prophets. Read Hebrews 11; Alma 32:17–43; Ether 12:6–22; and Joseph Smith—History 1:11–20. Read two general conference talks on faith. Exercise your own faith by establishing a habit of prayer in your life. Begin by regularly saying your morning and evening prayers. After three weeks of following this pattern, discuss with a parent or leader what you have learned about faith and how daily personal prayer has strengthened your faith. In your journal express your feelings about faith and prayer.
- The Personal Progress book covers the Atonement! It is so important that the YW begin to understand how the Atonement is personal for them, and how they can apply it in their lives right now for comfort, strength, forgiveness, and power.
- The young women, are BUSY. So busy doing so many good things, they should all have their medallions right now. If they are in a school play or sports team: PROJECT. If they give a talk in Sacrament meeting: EXPERIENCE. They should be getting credit for all that they are doing.
- Sunday is the best time to work on Personal Progress. Schedule it in.
The Family: A Proclamation to the World and
The Living Christ
Principles to teach:
These two documents are the most powerful documents they could have put in the book to testify of Christ and lead them to their most important goal of having a righteous family now and in the future.
The Family Proclamation is applied in almost every single experience and project.
The gospel of Jesus Christ is about family...with the emphasis on the temple.
"The Creation, the Fall, and the Atonement, are known as the Theology of the Family. The Creation of this earth, was the creation of an earth where a family could live. The Fall provided a family. Without the Fall, there would have been no family. The Atonement makes it possible for us to live after this life , with our Father in Heaven, as families...this is what it is all about." Julie B. Beck
Sep 24, 2012
Our Thoughts!Can you think of anything harder to control or more important? The trouble with our thoughts is the fact that no one else sees them or hear them...so we can go quite a ways without feeling we need to fix them.
My mission president once taught us missionaries that learning to control our thought was HUGE, probably more important than even reading our scriptures everyday. " If you can control your thoughts", he told us, "you have conquered everything."
We are all familiar with the quotes about thoughts:
The youth today have so much to fight against. You know that thoughts are one of them.
We focused our lesson on this scripture:
We talked about what a garnish was. I was shocked that these cute 16-18 year old young women(two of them my daughters) did not know what a garnish was. They gave me several elusive ideas, but no one really knew what it meant to garnish.
Doctrine and Covenants 121:45 "Let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly; then shall thy confidence wax strong in the presence of God"
We talked about what a garnish is with food, and how virtue can be the garnish for our thoughts- not forgetting the principle of the scripture. : "then shall they confidence wax strong in the presence of God"
Then the questions come to mind...how would be the best way to teach the principles of this lesson? What questions do they have? What do they worry about? Where do they feel most vulnerable? What do they struggle with? Where are their strengths when it comes to thought control?
Only the Lord knows the answer to these questions as the nature of thoughts are so private and really only between us and God. He knows these youth individually, and He knows what they think about. So I left it to Him, for guidance.
I bumped into something [aka tender mercy] that seemed perfect for the Laurel age girls: A talk on CD from Brad Wilcox: Let Virtue Garnish Thy Thoughts Unceasingly. I found this in our CD shelf. Who knows where it came from or why we have it. It was perfect for this lesson.
On this CD Brad Wilcox is very animated and interesting to listen to. He lists 4 questions that youth have about their thoughts, and several ways they can control their thoughts.
I gave all of the young women a worksheet/list/hand-out paper that numbered the questions and the several points. I asked them to listen for these questions and points, and to write them down along with their own thoughts.
Brad Wilcox has lots of examples and stories to illustrate these points. These principles would also make a good youth fireside.
4 Questions youth may have about their thoughts:
- Am I normal if I have bad thoughts?
- Where do bad thoughts come from?
- Are my thoughts sins?
- How do I control my thoughts?
Tips on Controlling unwanted thoughts?
- Replace wrong thoughts with right thoughts. [this is a good place to intercede some points from President Boyd K. Packer's talk Worthy Thoughts, Worthy Music]
- Remove Stumbling Blocks [get rid of what is causing you the problem]
- Change environments [get out when needed]
- "Sunday School answers" pray, read your scriptures, go to church,etc.
- Move your body...[there is a direct relation to moving our body and changing our thoughts]
- Celebrate private victories
- Be with others doing good things
Aug 27, 2012
Some other ideas:
- If you are reading in the Book of Mormon and have read 1 Nephi...
- Try starting with 3 Nephi and reading about Christ's visitation to the Americas